Washington: All eyes will be on the United States on Tuesday as Americans go to the polls to decide who – Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – will spend the next four years in the White House and control the US Congress.
The latest polls and projections the day before Americans vote in one of the most divisive elections in US history showed the race remains very close, but with Hillary Clinton slightly ahead.
Trump vs Hillary
The U.S. presidential campaigns neared their end in the same angry tone they began, with Republican Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a “phoney” and the Democrat accusing him of splitting the country, as a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll pointed to a strong chance of her winning.
Clinton and Trump raced through several battleground states in a last-ditch attempt to encourage their respective supporters to show up at polling places on Tuesday.
Clinton sought to capture more support from Latinos, African-Americans and young people, while Trump was looking to rev up disaffected middle class he said has been sidelined by the political establishment.
Various polls show very tight presidential race between US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump.
Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll
A Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation poll gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of defeating Trump and said she was on track to win 303 Electoral College votes out of 270 needed, to Trump`s 235.
Economist-YouGov opinion poll
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton led Republican Donald Trump by 4 percentage points in an Economist-YouGov opinion poll of likely voters released on Monday, one day before the election.
The poll of 3,677 likely voters, conducted from Friday to Monday, showed Clinton with 45 percent support and Trump with 41 percent support in a four-way race, Economist-YouGov said in a release. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points.
US ELECTIONS: Full schedule
In keeping with tradition, the first voters will go to the polls in the tiny New Hampshire village of Dixville Notch at midnight (0500 GMT).
The opening of the first polling stations on the East Coast will take place at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).
Closing of voting
The first polling stations close at 7:00 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday (0000 GMT Wednesday) and the last, in Alaska, at 1:00 am (0600 GMT) on Wednesday.
Presidential election results will be declared immediately as they become available following the close of polls in each state.
Reportedly, the first indications of a victor in the presidential race may come after 10:00 pm (0300 GMT Wednesday), although it could be later if it`s a tight contest.